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Pain Management

Planning and implementing an effective plan of carePlanning and implementing an effective plan of care for pain in older adults requires knowledge and interdisciplinary team involvement.  Resources in this section include terminology, key principles for pain management, and tools for documenting and communicating pain treatments and response to treatment; communicating with prescribers; and monitoring analgesic therapy. 

Core Principles of Pain Treatment 

Pain Management Terminology 

Pain Management Interventions

Pain Communication Tools  

Principles of Pain Management: Adult Guide
Please note: Principles of Pain Management: Adult Guide, developed by the Community Principles of Pain Management Specialty Advisory Group (SAG) of the Community-Wide End-of-Life/Palliative Care Advisory Group of Rochester, N.Y., was developed for adults of all ages. It is important to note that when managing dosages for frail older adults you should pay close attention to reduced dosages and other cautions for this population.

Disclaimer:  The developers of have attempted to confirm the accuracy of all resources presented on this website. However, use of the information provided remains the responsibility of the individual clinician. Health care providers should use their clinical judgment in each situation and consider factors such as the patient’s age, medical condition, and the benefits versus risks of a suggested treatment.

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